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Susan R. Opel

In the last year, we’ve shared all sorts of crazy Paper Crafts fun with you. If you scroll through the last 12 months of our blog, you’ll see that we work really hard, but we also have lots of good times, too. Having a great job is all well and good, but when you can call your colleagues friends, that’s pretty stinkin’ cool.  

Kelly recently called me the team cheerleader (ooh, I like that title!), so I’ve gathered a synopsis of the silly, mundane and cool things that we’ve done since this blog’s inception.

Can I get a Go! Fight! Win! Paper Crafts

This is one of my favorite pictures of the Paper Crafts team.

We’ve had six interns in the last year, and each has brought her own personality to our team. I always loved seeing their blog posts with their impressions of what it’s like to work in our office. I think we’ve turned a few of them into paper crafters. But really, how can they resist? 

Thanks Courtney, Brynn, Lindy, Nicki, Melinda, and Sarie!

You also got the chance to look into our daily lives with meetings, an office tour, photo shoot preparation and us just generally loving each other. We keep busy in our offices and cubicles bringing you the magazine, but we take time to chit-chat sometimes, too. 

Getting the job done, Paper Crafts’s style

But we’re not confined to the office, no siree! We’ve been out in the world together on many occasions. A crew of us visited Disneyland, four of us saw Celine Dion in concert, the whole gang painted plates at a do-it-yourself pottery place, many of us participated in card group and we even had a field trip to the Making Memories office. 

We work and play hard!

As a card making magazine, it probably comes as no surprise that we LOVE to celebrate every little holiday possible. From Halloween (oh, those polygamist brides of Frankenstein!) to St. Patrick’s Day (any reason to dress in a theme) to the Super Bowl (don’t let that Steelers jersey fool you – Go COLTS!). 

Give us a holiday, and we’ll find a way to celebrate!

And what would we do without our friends? We love having visitors stop by, and when they do it’s hugs all around. When are you going to stop by? 

We love to grab a picture when friends stop by.

So what do you want to see in the upcoming months from the Paper Crafts team? I’ve got three new Imaginisce collections and three of our Betty t-shirts to give away to three lucky commenters. Leave a comment by Friday, Feb. 5 at midnight (MST), and you might just win! 

Your Paper Crafts cheerleader,

P.S. It’s time to announce the winner from Brandy’s A Year of Giving Back post!

Jess (Feb. 2, 8:53 a.m.)

Congrats, Jess! You’ve won two prize packages! One for yourself and one to give to a friend! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing address. Thanks to all who left comments!

Sarie Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! I love the start of a new week. The time when you can forget your mistakes, incorporate new strengths and move forward with renewed motivation and energy. 

Soon I’ll be leaving Paper Crafts to explore other endeavors, so I’m also doing a little reflecting today. I have learned so much here, and truth be told, I’ll be sad to leave. 

However, I’ve been thinking about a Facebook thread that started last week on the Paper Crafts Fan Page, and since I previously promise to reveal more office secrets, I think I’ll let you all in on some great tips that go right along with it. 

The thread asked the question, “How do you use the supply lists that appear in all of our issues?”  

Many readers replied with comments like: 

  • “I love to see new products and find out more about them”
  • “I look at the supplies so I can find the manufacturer online and buy it”  
  • “I always look at the supplies list and take the magazine with me when I go shopping”                                                                                                

I loved reading all of these comments because I spend A LOT of time writing them to ensure their accuracy. However, there were a few readers who commented that: 

  • “Most of them [are too] confusing to sort through”
  • “I do get frustrated when I find out that paper(s) used are last year’s and hard to find”

Whether you fit in with the first group of commenters or the second, I think you will find these tips very helpful. Of course, every manufacturer (MFR) is referenced, so that’s the first place to start. 

First I am going to break down this online bonus card from our January/February issue as an example:  

Turtle Love Card by Maren Benedict

SUPPLIES:  Cardstock: (Ocean Tides) Papertrey Ink  Patterned paper: (Cheerful Charlie, Handsome Henry, Elements from Lil’ Man collection) Cosmo Cricket  Rubber stamp: (turtle, heart from You + Me = Happy set) Unity Stamp Co.  Dye ink: (Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko  Rub-on: (sentiment) Cosmo Cricket  Fibers: (red ribbon) Michaels  Finished size: 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ 

  • The category of the supply is always italicized. Highlighted in yellow.
  • The product name or description and the collection or set it comes from are always in parenthesis. If there is more than one patterned paper from the same company it will be separated by commas in the parenthesis. If there are papers from different designers there will be more than one set of parenthesis in the same category. Products highlighted in green, collections/ sets highlighted in pink.
  • The MFR always follows the parenthesis that has their product in it. Highlighted in blue.

More tips for a few tricky categories: 

  1. Patterned paper is referenced by name and collection, so when you look up the manufacturer the easiest way to find it is to look for the collection. This way you can find the specific paper used and a lot of other great coordinating papers and elements as well.
  2. Stamps are listed by name or description and set. Some companies sell stamps individually, so a set name won’t be listed. Don’t worry…just find the manufacturer and use their web site search engine. Also, if you search a keyword (“Love” instead of “Love Your Face”) on their site, other stamps along those same lines will show up and you might even find a different one that fits your style better.
  3. Embellishments are usually commonized and just listed with the MFR because we want you to know you can really use anything like it. If there is a certain element that you thought worked perfect with the papers and you see it’s the same manufacturer that made the paper, look at the embellishments from that same collection—it’s probably there.

***If you still can’t find the item you are wanting because it’s older product or the manufacturer doesn’t sell product on their web site, Google the item name or collection and the company. Then click on the shopping results link. This usually brings up the right product and gives you several options of places to buy from. You can find great deals by doing this. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Hopefully some of these tips have been helpful to you. I’m off to write my next supply list! 

Your Paper Crafts Intern,
Sarie Smith 

P.S. If you’re not a member of the Paper Crafts Fan Page on Facebook, then you’re missing out on lots of great conversation and tips from designers alike. You should take a quick break from reading this and become a fan RIGHT NOW! (I hear the editors are posting lots of fun sneak peeks from CHA!) 

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners of Kelly’s Off to CHA We Go post! 

1. Christy Q. (Jan. 22, 6:44 a.m.)
2. Rose (Jan. 22, 11:29 a.m.)
3. Chris (Jan. 22, 4:55 p.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve won one of our sassy new t-shirts! So many of you said “Betty” was the ideal name, so stay tuned to see if this becomes official. Winners, Kelly will be contacting you later this week to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

Sarie Smith

Christmas week is finally here! Are you excited? Are you ready? I’m one of those people who shops all year long to find the perfect gifts. For me the joy of Christmas is in watching the people I love be excited upon opening my gift. However, I married to my true opposite. He doesn’t like to shop for himself, let alone go figure out what someone else would like, so he procrastinates Christmas shopping until this week.

If you are like me, then you’re probably just counting down the hours until your dad or brother or child has that special how-did-you-know-I wanted-this smile spread across their face!

If you are like my husband, then you’re probably wishing you had a few more days to figure out your shopping list and then time to go out and find it all. So, I poked my head around the office to see what people were giving this year to give you some inspiration. 

  • For the book nerd: A bestseller book from this year and a personal bookmark. 
  • For the cowboy in your life: An awesome belt buckle.
  • For the little princess: A purse filled with goodies.
  • For the movie junkie: A movie basket with movies, treats, popcorn and drinks.
  • For the neighbors: Cookie cutters with sugar cookie mix.
  • For the one who has everything: A donation in their name to their favorite charity.
  • For the one who lives in the snow: A scarf and mittens, possibly tied up with some hot cocoa.
  • For the sporty boy: Any ball: football, basketball, soccer ball, etc. 
  • For the woman you appreciate: Jewelry – a nice necklace goes a long way.
  • For the moved-out child: A nice serving dish for special occasions.  
  • For the stockings: Batteries, postal stamps, gum, popcorn balls and nail polish.

Of course, all presents should be accompanied by a handmade card to show how much you care, but I’m sure you’re already all over that. If you have all of your shopping done and are feeling creative, try making cards that match the gift and the season. I just love Dawn McVey’s festive card from Holiday Cards &  More, Volume 4!

Wishes for Your Christmas Card by Dawn McVey

I wish you a wonderful week with family and friends. Merry Christmas and good luck!

Your Paper Crafts Intern,
Sarie Smith

P.S. And let’s not forget the perfect gift for the paper crafter in your life…Subscribe or renew your subscription to Paper Crafts at our special low rate and we’ll give a one-year gift subscription to a friend absolutely FREE! That’s two subscriptions for the price of one! This special holiday offer won’t last long…so click on over today! Offer valid in the U.S. only.

P.P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Kelly’s “Sweet” Holiday Memories post!

1. shyone (Dec. 18, 11:31 a.m.)
2. conniemelancon (Dec. 18, 7:59 p.m.)
3. Donna VW (Dec. 18, 6:47 a.m.)

Congrats, ladies! You’ve each won a fun holiday collection from Bo Bunny! Kelly will be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who shared their favorite holiday sweets!


Sarie Smith

Welcome to Magazine Monday! I’m Sarie Smith, Paper Crafts’ newest editorial intern. (If you’re all wondering how to pronounce my name, it rhymes with “Carrie”. Does that help?)

For introduction’s sake, here’s a few facts about me:

  • I laugh a lot, mostly at myself.
  • I have the cutest puppy in the world who just happens to be turning four in a week.
  • When all is said and done my one true love is soccer.
  • I’m so excited to be working in this office! I love magazine writing and editing.
  • This is my temporary headshot. I’m really not a Bridezilla. Promise.

My first day at Paper Crafts I learned three important things about my next three months as an intern. The first was that this is not an observe-and-then-you-work internship. Nope, this is a learn-as-you-go internship. Only 15 minutes after arriving, I spent the rest of the day in meetings coming up with workshop ideas, judging cards and tweaking cover call-outs for our January/February issue. I was thrilled to be part of the all the action!

The second thing was that EVERYONE on the Paper Crafts team has their own distinct style and preferences. Me included. I’m glad I will be able to express my own ideas here. I’ve decided that’s one of the reasons Paper Crafts has so many fun interesting projects – there’s a wide range of styles! It’s great to have a so many creative geniuses working together.

The third thing I realized was this: I’m going to have to dust off my card making skills to remember what all the hype is about. The awesome people in this office get so excited about all the projects they receive. Submission judging meetings are more like parties here. Readers, you are full of ideas that inspire us, and that in turn helps us fashion each and every magazine. Please keep your amazing cards rolling across our desks!

I’m also glad that one of the perks as an intern is that I get to write blogs every now and then. So make sure to check back for some office secrets only the office intern can reveal. 

Your Paper Crafts Intern,
Sarie Smith

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Jennifer’s 365 Days of Card Making Inspiration post and the three winners from Kelly’s Make a Card a Day post!

Jennifer’s winners:

1. Kaye (Nov. 6, 9:18 a.m.)
2. Peggy W. (Nov. 5, 6:24 p.m.)
3. Sherry D. (Nov. 5, 10:42 a.m.)

Kelly’s winners:

1. Shelly Kettel (Nov. 6, 3:12 p.m.)
2. Diana N. (Nov. 6, 1:57 p.m.)
3. Carla G. (Nov. 6, 7:45 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a copy of our brand new book A Card a Day! Kelly will be e-mailing you shortly to get your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!

P.P.S. If you didn’t win a free copy of A Card a Day, there’s still time to receive free shipping on your order! Hurry because this special offer is only good through 5:00 p.m. (EST) today. Click HERE to reserve your copy!


P. Kelly Smith

Happy Halloween! Yesterday I revealed the theme of our highly anticipated team costume: The Seven Brides of Frankenstein. (Well, technically it was nine brides since our two interns agreed to join in on the fun! The more the merrier, right?)

Jennifer was kind enough to make all the brides these amazing black and white tulle veils. Add a wardrobe of black fish net stockings, a little black dress and some ghoulish make-up and hair, and we’re ready to meet our handsome Frankie at the Paper Crafts alter.

Here comes the brides! What do you think of our official wedding portrait?

Frankenstein a.k.a. Matt Anderson

Black Widow Bride a.k.a. Jennifer Schaerer

Creative Bride a.k.a. Cath Edvalson

Somber-But-Not-Sober Bride a.k.a. Cath Edvalson

Bun-In-The-Oven Bride a.k.a. Brandy Jesperson

Diamond Ice Bride a.k.a. P. Kelly Smith

Fiery Vixen Bride a.k.a. Susan R. Opel

Don't-Mess-With-Me Bride a.k.a. Brenda Peterson

Happy-Go-Lucky Bride a.k.a. Holly Mills

Mysterious Vamp Bride a.k.a. Melinda Dann

Not-So-Sure Bride a.k.a. Sarie Smith

As you can see, we had a very good time at the wedding! A special thanks goes out to “Frankie” for putting up with nine crazy, hormonal bridezillas!

Here’s hoping your Halloween is a memorable one!

P.S. Make sure you check back with us on Monday when we spotlight the three winners from our October Gallery Challenge! With 469 submissions, there was a lot of spooktacular projects to choose from!

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